Install Windows 8 On VirtualBox

In my previous post, I wrote about the release of Windows 8 Developer Preview and mentioned that I’m downloading the ISO. Now, I have successfully installed Windows 8 Developer Preview on my computer using Virtualbox. Why Virtualbox? Sure, there are plenty other choices such as VMware or VirtualPC but a lot of reports of failed installation on those virtual machine software. Since I’m more familiar with Virtualbox, let’s just go with it.

Oh, before getting into the installation process, please make sure your computer supports Hardware Virtualization and if you do, just make sure you turn enable it via BIOS. This installation of mine was carried out on a 2.9GHz AMD Athlon II X4 635 running Windows 7 64bit using Virtualbox version 4.0.12 r72916.

Assuming you already have your copy of Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO with you and have already installed Virtualbox on your computer, I now will show you how to use Virtualbox to install your Windows 8 Developer Preview.

1. Start Virtualbox and click on the “NEW” button and then click on next.

 

2.Give a name for your virtual machine. I called mine “Windows 8 DP”. Choose “Windows 7” if you’re using 32bit system or “Windows 7 64” if you’re using 64bit system.

 

3. Next, allocate the memory for your Windows 8 VM. Normally 1GB should be enough for 32bit system but if you’re installing a 64bit version, 2GB should be the minimum.

 

4. You now required to create a Virtual Hard Disk. You can choose either to use dynamic storage which means it grow bigger with time or fixed storage which means it will not exceed the limit you set here. Since this is only a preview and I don’t really recommend using it in live production just yet, leave on default (20GB).

 

You will then be showed a Summary page. Check the settings and if you’re satisfied then click on Create to begin create your VM.

 

 

5. Now that you have your Windows 8 VM, you will need to change a few settings before you can fire it up.

5.1. Choose System tab on the left panel and click on Processor tab. Make sure you tick on Enable PAE/NX.

5.2. Still in System tab, click on Acceleration tab, both Enable VT-x/AMD-V and Enable Nested Paging should be selected.


5.3. Choose Storage tab on the left and click on Empty under IDE Controller. You will see a CD icon next to CD/DVD Drive selection box, click the icon and Choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file. Select the Windows 8 Developer Preview iso and then click OK.


6. There you have it. A fully working Windows 8 Developer Preview on Virtualbox. You can now start your virtual machine and run the installation. I won’t be covering the installation process however I will share with you a few screen shots of my installation (click for bigger picture).

To be honest, this release seems to be working just fine, it just that I hope to see it polished a bit more as right now it felt like the whole thing are just a “cosmetic” layers on top of Windows 7.

So, how about you? Have you installed Windows 8 on your system? What do you think of it and how is your experience? I would love to hear your story of experience installing Windows 8 Developer Preview on your system. You can share it in the comment section below.

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18 Comments on "How To Install Windows 8 Using Virtualbox"

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paventhan89
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if you want to install it using the USb flash drive chack out here http://www.techken.in/windows-tips/install-windows-8-usb-flash-drive/

Hindi Sms
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wow windows 8 ..

i am using wind 7 but will try win 8 sooon

Alice79
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This is really helpful…I wonder if I can share this to my friends too…

macha
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macha
Hello Friend, I must admit I’m not as computer savvvy as many of today’s youngsters. So I just wouldn’t understand the reason for the pace at which the windows OS is evolving. I remember the days when DOS was the ‘top cat’ (now you get an idea of why I’m referring to ‘today’s youngsters’?), and have faithfully followed Microsoft through the initial windows, was it windows 3.11? and Windows 85, Millinium, 2000 and XP (have I got it the right order?). I’m afraid my foreys into Vista left a bad taste in my mouth so to speak. After which, what… Read more »
Alice79
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I think windows 8 is better than windows 7…Thanks for sharing..

tessmac
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I’m happy in using Window 7, But i look forward to use also this Window 8.

fergusonsarah
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fergusonsarah

I would not recommend for anyone to be using it as your primary daily OS but rather just experience the build.

LauLau81
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LauLau81

I am used to using Windows 7… Maybe I might want the Windows 8 when it is out.. There will surely some features there that windows 7 don’t have… Thank you for the tutorial.

fergusonsarah
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fergusonsarah

I still love using Windows XP rather than using Windows 7, but I want to try Windows 8 before judging.

Charlotte74
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Charlotte74

No windows 8 yet. I’m always a bit cautious and wait a few months in case there are issues/bugs that need to be sorted.

jakson0900
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jakson0900

I got it to installed without any problems in VIrtutalbox but have the same problem with guest additions not installing on both 32 and 64 bit. I tried pulling the drivers out of the additions install file and when I installed the video driver the resolution changed but then I lost my keyboard. The mouse was fine and Windows wasn’t locked. I don’t know how these are related but I got to do my first system restore in Windows 8.

http://www.hypervhd.com

Has anybody else tries extracting the drivers and did you get it to work?

jakson0900
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jakson0900

I got it to installed without any problems in VIrtutalbox but have the same problem with guest additions not installing on both 32 and 64 bit. I tried pulling the drivers out of the additions install file and when I installed the video driver the resolution changed but then I lost my keyboard. The mouse was fine and Windows wasn’t locked. I don’t know how these are related but I got to do my first system restore in Windows 8.

http://www.hypervhd.com

Has anybody else tries extracting the drivers and did you get it to work?

Ragnarok
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This is a great guide. I was wondering how I can install windows 8 using virtual box. With the screenshots you provided this will be a piece of cake for a newbie like myself. Thanks so much!

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